Question: Why do we teach writing?
Answer: Well, one reason is to create citizens as writers. That’s at least one of our goals, and we ought to give our students the opportunity to use writing in their role as citizens. Public writing. Participatory writing. The writer as citizen.
Comment: Worth thinking about. I never directly asked students to write letters to the editor, for example, or letters to Congress Persons. It’s authentic writing and I should have. Mea Culpa. RayS.
Title: In the Name of Citizenship: The Writing Classroom and the Promise of Citizenship.” Amy J. Wan. College English (September 2011), 28-49.